OT: Kindle Library Books

April 20th, 2011 by and tagged

As many of you know, I’ve been a huge fan of the Kindle for a while now, and it’s my primary reading medium these days. One of the complaints about the Kindle has been that you can’t download and use Public Library books to your Kindle. Which really hasn’t been true, but hasn’t stopped the whingers from claiming it. All it really takes is a bit of help from Apprentice Alf, and this has been a non-issue for a while, and with the Calibre plug-in, it’s really easy – no scripting required. Needless to say, I’ve been reading eBooks from my provincial library system without any problems, but it does require several steps more than the absolute minimum. Well, with the announcement today, this whole question just became a non-issue. Kindle will be working with Overdrive (the folks who handle the DRM and lending process for the vast majority of Public Libraries) to provide Kindle-compatible versions of eBooks for Library download. Better yet, these will preserve your last read location, bookmarks, and annotations across all Kindle platforms, and if you later buy the book, they’ll be there as well. Now that IS a feature we appreciate.

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